St. Paul driver was 'sucker punched' by passenger, charges say

The 35 year old has been charged with 3rd degree assault.
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A Metro Transit bus driver was attacked by a passenger who "sucker punched" him in St. Paul on Friday.

A 35-year-old man, Tony Ronald Curtis Jr., has been charged with assaulting the driver at 6th Street and Robert Street around 12:47 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, the bus driver, aged 46, had asked Curtis Jr. to step out of the way of the door so that other passengers could enter.

It was at this point that Curtis Jr. took apparent offense and "sucked punched" the driver.

Another Metro Transit worker confirmed the bus driver's account of the incident, which was also captured on video.

Police were able to identify Curtis Jr. by watching the video and comparing it to photos of him.

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The bus driver then identified him as the same person who had spit on him two weeks ago. He was later arrested by Bloomington police that day for 5th degree assault in an unrelated incident.

The driver had to get 4-5 stitches as a result of the incident

There have been several attacks on Metro Transit bus drivers reported this year, with two separate attacks reported in Minneapolis in the same week in April. 

The attacks have prompted calls for improved barriers between drivers and the public.

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